Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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Woodbury Community Theatre will be bringing a little music to the Black Box Theatre next month. “A Little Night Music,” a musical by Stephen Sondheim, will open at 7 p.m...
SavATree will officially be calling Afton home. Afton City Council approved a conditional-use permit for SavATree to build its new headquarters in the city's industrial zone during its March 15 meeting. SavATree, a tree, shrub and lawn company, will build its new Minneapolis-St. Paul headquarters on a 5.9-acre site along Hudson Road. "We look forward to having you in Afton," Mayor Dick Bend said. SavATree
Afton Art in the Park will be coming to the city Sept. 24-25, and again this year it will cost less for the Afton Area Business Association to put on the event. Afton City Council agreed to waive its park reservation fee for the event during its March 15. The city charges $100 to rent out Town Square Park, where the event is held. The item had initially been included on the consent agenda, which typically includes routine items that are approved in one motion. However, Council Member Joe Richter pulled the park reservation fee item for further discussion.
Afton's staff is being rewarded for its hard work. Afton City Council approved pay increases for all staff during its meeting on March 15. Office Assistant Deb Meade, Public Works Director Ken Johnson and all seasonal staff received 2 percent pay increases. City Administration Ron Moorse received a 4.5 percent pay increase. City Clerk Kim Swanson Linner received a 7 percent increase after City Council decided to restructure her position from deputy clerk to city clerk.
Now that District 834's new elementary school, to be located in Woodbury, is becoming a reality, it's time for figure out what students will help fill the school. District 834 School Board reviewed four attendance boundary proposals during its March 10 meeting. District 834 is tasked with redrawing its attendance boundaries in order to fill its new school in addition to finding new schools for students currently enrolled at Withrow, Marine and Oak Park elementary schools, which School Board voted to close earlier this month.
For some students at Woodbury High School weekdays begin as early as 7 a.m. and those with afternoon activities might not get home until well into the evening. For students who spend more than 12 hours at the school, finding something to reenergize them in the afternoon is a must, which is where the District 833 After Burner program comes in. After Burner, which is offered through District 833 Nutrition Services, allows students to purchase healthy snacks and light meals in the cafeteria after school from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Woodbury resident Maria Rella left Cuba when she was 10 years old and didn't look back. Until now that is. "I don't have joyful memories of Cuba, so I blocked everything out because there was nothing to remember that was good," she said. But I've always wanted to go back because I'm a family person, so I wanted to reconnect with my family, and I also wanted to see more of the island where I was born." Rella, who works as the office manager at Woodbury Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, traveled to Cuba Feb. 8-23. Growing up in Cuba
For Woodbury High School biology teacher Kaarin Schumacher being a teacher isn’t just about education, it’s about relationships and memories. “Biology is not the most important thing I want my...
Woodbury will officially be home to Brookview Elementary. District 834 School Board unanimously approved Brookview Elementary as the name of its new elementary school, which will be located in Woodbury,...
There’s no debate about it, East Ridge High School juniors Kevin Bi, Bradley Cho and Alicia Zhang will find themselves in some elite company this spring. Bi, Cho and Zhang,...